Senate to consider filibuster changes
Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico is part of a group of Democrats who want to change rules dictating the use of filibusters.
January 4th, 2011
06:25 PM ET

Senate to consider filibuster changes

Senate Democrats anxious to reign in what they consider abuse of the filibuster by Senate Republicans will formally propose changes Wednesday to how and when senators can use the stalling tactic. 

However, Senate leaders will postpone votes on the proposals until late January at the earliest as they negotiate possible compromises to the politically contentious issue, according to Senate leadership aides from both parties.

Frustrated by Republicans’ escalating use of the filibuster to stall routine legislation and nominations, a group of Senate Democrats is trying to build support for a wide range of proposed changes that would curb the use of filibusters but not ban them entirely.

When the Senate convenes Wednesday, Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico will introduce one or more proposed changes.  Typically, a Senate rule change requires a super majority of 67 yes votes, something that will be difficult for Democrats, with their narrow 53-seat majority, to achieve.  However, on the first legislative day of a new Congress, a simple majority of senators, just 51 votes, can approve new rules.

soundoff (30 Responses)

    the democrates are going down in 2012. 2 easy facts, 1;) healthcare could have waited awhile... 2:) jobs,jobs,jobs why didnt they focus on the jobs?

    makes me sad to see everything made in china. i try and buy what i can thats made in usa.

    January 4, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark C

      Oh shut up, you useless tool. They did all the party of no, the GOP, would allow them to do on jobs.

      January 5, 2011 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
  2. Billiam

    Like the foreign replacement parts for 82 Camaros?

    January 4, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |

    those cheap junk chineese parts stink. i've found out it better to go to the junkyard then use those parts.. for example the brake rotors may be 20$ but the first time you see some hot chick and have to slam on the brakes the rotors will warp.

    the darn american brake pads a twice as much...but last twice as long.

    January 4, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. EsquireXII

    The 2010 election is nothing more than a difference in turnout in 2008 and 2010. Young people, students, minorites, hispanics, and people who only vote in presidential elections turned out in sigificantly lower numbers than in 2008. Obama was not on the ballot. Approximately 40 percent of the eligible voters turned out in 2010. 56 percent turnout in 2008. In 2012 we will revert to a much higher turnout and the Obama voters will be an even larger percentage of the eligible voters. Hispanics will be even more democratic due to the Republicans continued rants on issues important to hispanics.

    There is nothing in regards to jobs that the current administration did not do that it could have done. You will note that the Republican's first order of business will be to try to repeal the Health Care Bill. I think that it is very fortunate that a lot of Democratic senators will be up for re-election in 2012. It ensure that with a heavy Obama turnout, almost all will get re-elected.

    January 4, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |

    i bet you he'll move the capitol to hawaii if he gets re-elected

    January 4, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ed Bailey

    Very good Esquire,I hope you are correct. One more item,the politicians didn't ship your ,d my job to china.corporate america couldn't quit outsourcing component manufacturing to all third world countries because the bean counters said,'you will make bigger profits this way!' Ask MAYTAG how well that worked! So how is the president responsible for fat cat greedy corporate americas deeds? Someone please tell me! Second big problem was excess wage earners(union maybe) forcing the prices to a point we could not compete with places that honestly charged less for a comparable or superior product! I agree, buy american! Problem is I don't have money or am able to find a usa made item.the present administration especially had 0 to do with this cancer. Quit crying america and start thinking!

    January 4, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ed Bailey

    Forgot to add,good luck on getting our elected officials yo quit acting like kindergarden rejects,that's what they do the BEST!

    January 4, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Samsta

    OMG its about quality and price we need to stop over charging for cheaply product that only help the greedy corp bottom and us spending the little we have to keep them rich iz that redneck or ruffneck it must be the rotor not the motor.

    January 4, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
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    January 4, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  10. look at what he said

    There going down were going down. We have no chance of getting good jobs.Man how did this even happen to us. all hmmmmm I know how the leaders are complete total jacka$$'s

    January 4, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. look at what he said

    Yes I said that

    January 4, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  12. blak

    when bush was sending those jobs over seas and selling out this country nobody said a word so whats the problem now? oh thats right blame the black man

    January 4, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jonathan

    So they want to filibuster the filibustering? Crazy Republicans.

    January 4, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |

    @ed what i wonder is when they replaced the actor for the maytag repairman.. why is the new guy white? he should be chinesse... am i right?

    maytags suck now. so do ge's.. i got a old kenmore and it works great.

    January 4, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Samsta

    Start running commoner and vote them no gooder away

    January 4, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
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